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Dagger

Date:
grip and blade, 16th century; guard, hallmarked for 1774–89
Culture:
Turkish
Medium:
Steel, ivory, gold, silver
Dimensions:
L. 12 1/4 in. (31.12 cm); Wt. 6 oz. (175 g); blade L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.670
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
The green-stained ivory grip is carved with a delicacy that recalls many ivory objects made for the Ottoman court. The blade is inscribed in Turkish and Persian, the languages used at the Ottoman court: I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down.
Inscription: Blade inscribed in Turkish and Persian: "I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down."

Marking: On acanthus-shaped chape: mark of Turkish silver-smith
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Islamic Art. "Bright Side of Battle," January 17–September 1, 1985.

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